Milly Fyfe Q&A
Hear what young farmer Milly Fyfe had to say when we asked her some questions.
1. Why/how did you get into farming? How long have you been in farming.
I am not from a farming background but grew up in a rural area. It was when I first joined my local YFC club at 14 which really got me interested in the food and farming industry. I never looked back, enjoying competiting in events such as stockjudging, cookery and tug of war. It led me on to become NFYFC chairman and I also met my husband, Andrew. We live together on the family farm in Northamptonshire with our son Angus.
2. What is your favourite thing about farming?
The best thing about farming is watching the new life arrive on the farm, helping to rear happy, healthy livestock and watch it grow. I also enjoy being outside and all the open space / fresh air. It makes you feel lucky to be alive.
3. Your least favourite thing about farming?
Andrew and I dont get much family time together and it is a luxury to have time off to go away on holiday. It is like a military operation when we are away for even a night working out who will feed the stock, walk the dogs, collect the eggs etc
4. What achievement are you most proud of?
Having my son Angus. He is 5 months old and has bags of character. It is so rewarding seeing him develop and grow.
I was also awarded the inspirational award for women a few years ago for my commitment to the charity and farming sectors
5. Why should we buy British produce?
Because it is produced to the highest welfare standards and has a traceable supply chain. If you buy local you are supporting family businesses which are the bedrock of local communities.
6. How do you think we should be promoting British?
During major events and festivals e.g Easter, St Georges Day, London Marathon highlighting where people can buy and the health benefits
7. What will you be having for dinner tonight?
We might have a BBQ as the weather is so nice. Beef burgers and our own sausages
8. What are the 3 main things you like to achieve in the next 10 years?
Complete our family with having another baby
Continue growing Orchard Farm Produce with different products that our customers continue to enjoy
Travel where possible (maybe on a Nuffield) to see how other countries tackle issues such as food security, communicating to the consumer and counteracting animal rights arguments
9. How would you like British food to be described in 10 years time?
I would like there to be a greater understanding and respect for how food is produced.
A better underatanding about why buying British is so important
A guide to showcase how you can buy British food affordably to suit every budget